It has been almost 70 years since the great round room of the Koshare Museum was built, and time has left its mark.

More than 2 million visitors have walked across the structure's floors, a quarter of a million Boy Scouts have rolled out their sleeping bags for a night in the Kiva, and thousands of local kids have made their mark with their dancing feet.

With 70 years of wear and tear, it was time for a proper restoration. That work began in December, thanks to grants from the Argyros Foundation and the Colorado State Historical Fund.

The efforts to restore the floors began years ago, with research, paperwork, grant applications, and the search for an expert qualified in hardwood floor restoration. After three years, the efforts of several individuals paid off and work began. Tim Klob, an expert on floor restoration, was selected for this historic project.

Over the course of the following month, Klob and volunteers from the Koshare Museum spent more than eight hours preparing and sanding the floors. At one point, a day and night crew worked for a combined 17-hour shift of sanding alone.

Removing decades of wax, polyurethane and wood stain took the greatest effort and a majority of the time during the restoration. After two weeks of sanding, often times day and night, wood stain to match the original floor was applied. The process took two days.

Once the stain dried, three different coats of a heavy-duty polyurethane was applied. The clear coat shines like glass, and it has added a new life to the Kiva that has not been seen for many years.

The labor of love will protect the floor and its history for future visitors, scouts and Koshares to enjoy for years to come.